Redan man allegedly installs hidden cameras in share house to spy on naked women

A Redan man has been committed for sentencing on charges of stalking and using hidden cameras to take nude photos and film a woman showering.

Scott Adams, 26, appeared in Ballarat Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for a plea hearing, charged with several offences including stalking by engaging in intimidating conduct, making an intimate video recording without consent, and threatening to publish the photos and video on the internet.

He is also charged with new offences allegedly committed on 15 and 16 March 2018 that include trespassing with intent to steal, stealing, aggravated burglary and contravention of a family violence intervention order.

The court was told the accused installed hidden cameras in the bathroom and a bedroom of a share house where he was living at Redan and between 20 and 22 February 2018, took nude photos of a woman while she undressed in the bedroom and showering and naked in the bathroom.

Adams was also charged with stealing five pairs of women’s underwear on 15 February 2018, and $2000 cash between 20 and 23 February 2018.

When police searched the Redan house on 24 February 2018, they found a mobile phone with the naked woman’s photo as a background display.

They also found a desktop computer containing photos and video, a recording drone, cameras, flashdrives, cash hidden in a wardrobe and five pairs of women’s briefs soiled with semen and hidden in a box, later identified by the woman as hers.

Adams was also charged with contravening a family violence intervention order on 26 December 2017 by sending  text messages to a woman, saying: “I’m going to be an absolute c**t ….” and “I’m going to show you just how f***ed I am.”

The stalking and associated charges were adjourned  to 16 October 2018 on a consolidated plea and bail was extended. 

The accused’s defence lawyer requested time for a psychological assessment.

Adams was adjourned on summons to 20 September 2018 to Ballarat Magistrates Court on the aggravated burglary and associated charges.